This is a review on behalf of Rosie’s Book Review Team.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Fairy Tale, Coming of Age Fantasy.
Leah Vindral is suffocating–trapped in her own skin.
In a land where magic is feared, magic saved her from death … but it came with a terrible price. Marked forever, she is shunned and isolated by those she loves most.
Brimming with bitter rage at those who abandoned her, Leah flees from her childhood home only to be swept into an impending war: Mora, a wicked witch, has been imprisoned for years, waiting like a spider in the folds of her web for the chance to regain the powers once stripped from her. It is there, while she waits, that she learns of a strange young girl … a girl who can speak to unicorns.
Now Leah must save the country that shuns her, for if Mora returns to power, all will be lost. But can Leah, who is so frightened and confused herself, find the strength to save them all?
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
“This,” she said, putting the sack on the table, “is a Replenisher. It may not look very fancy, but you would be amazed at what it does.”
“Which is?” I asked, poking the frayed bag. It was rough to the touch. I knew right away that Miss Perish would have burned it immediately.
I gazed inside the sack, looked back up at Lavena, and did a double take. Inside was food. Neatly wrapped sandwiches, a variety of fresh fruit stored in a basket, two flasks of juice, cheese, napkins, and utensils filled the sack. Somehow there was an incredible amount of room in the Replenisher so none of the food overlapped each other.
The book introduces you to Leah Vindral, growing up motherless at Willow Manor. Her days are filled with learning – thanks to her demanding governess, Miss Perish. Her daily highlight is mounting her mare Iris. After recovering from an illness, everything is different, and she decides to flee. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.
With The Unicorn Girl, M.L. LeGette has created a wonderful YA fantasy and/or coming of age story. Throughout her endeavour, you can ‘watch’ Leah develop from a whiny little girl to a young woman who makes her own decisions. The Unicorn Girl is a really entertaining and fast-paced read. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt quite close to the characters and their experiences. All characters were believable, still leaving room for the readers’ imagination. The Unicorn Girl is a great story not only for YA fantasy lovers – a truly enjoyable read.
This is a book to read again.
About the author
Melissa Lee LeGette has been writing seriously since she was a teen. She loves an old world vibe with a magical twist, and she puts her full focus on creating believable characters–even if they happen to be a talking beer mug. Her books are targeted for children and teens, but have been enjoyed by adults of all ages.
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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you. 🙂
My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about The Unicorn Girl? Or – if you did not yet read The Unicorn Girl – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
My question for you cinephiles:
If The Unicorn Girl was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂